Eclipse 2017: What you need to know


On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. The sky will darken as the moon covers part of the sun in our region, resulting in a spectacular sight in the sky! The Tri-Cities will see a partial solar eclipse, while areas south and west of the Tri-Cities, including Nashville, Oak Ridge, Cookeville and Crossville, Tennessee will see a total solar eclipse.

In the Tri-Cities the eclipse will begin around 1:07 p.m. in the afternoon, with peak eclipse around 2:36 p.m. The eclipse will conclude around 4 p.m. eastern.

Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

To view the eclipse, you'll need special glasses to protect your eyes.

At 2 pm on August 21st, News 5 WCYB will provide live coverage of the eclipse with live reports from across the area.

Don't have any solar glasses? No worries! You can still SAFELY view the eclipse using alternative methods.

NASA Website:

Eye Safety:

Interactive Map:

Local Eclipse Viewing Locations:

Some facts and information about the eclipse:

What Will the Solar Eclipse Look Like?

Local efforts to protect your eyes during the eclipse:

Ensure that your solar glasses are safe:

How to Make a Pinhole Projector to view the Eclipse

Other Ways to View the Eclipse

Traffic Issues Likely During the Eclipse

NASA Invites You to Become a Citizen Scientist During the Eclipse

Temperatures may drop close to 10° during maximum eclipse:

Sugar Mountain offering ski lift rides for the solar eclipse

The solar eclipse has raised some unnecessary fear in both past and present

Below are some graphics detailing more about this year's eclipse:

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